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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, April 3

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, April 3

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YWCA should move to O.D. Heck site

It seems to me that the YWCA has out lived its use in the Schenectady Stockade and it’s time for it to move on to a better location for its housing of the Single Room Occupancy program providing women with emergency, temporary and permanent housing. 

It makes zero sense to keep this facility in a congested and restricted residential area that has historically poor parking and very limited access.

The YWCA should sell that property for senior living apartments like the YMCA did and then move to a more centralized location.

We have the perfect place. It’s the Oswald D. Heck facility on Balltown Road near the Mohawk Commons. There’s plenty of off- street parking, plenty of housing units available, and it’s already a non-profit entity, so the town of Niskayuna shouldn’t be too upset with the YWCA moving there.

If the YWCA already plans to invest $20 million to $50 million, why not put it to renovating an existing property that could use a face-lift and some new tenants? I’m pretty sure the state of New York would love to see this property reused in such a beneficial way.
Daniel Bradt


Grateful for police service with a smile

You can imagine my alarm when my doorbell was rung “aggressively” a week ago at 4 a.m. When I went downstairs to see what the emergency was, I saw a flashlight shining in from the front porch. My mind raced to understand what could be the cause. 

When I saw that the two men on my porch were both police officers, I immediately thought about the safety of my family and whether they came bearing some horrible news. I opened the door and asked what the cause of their visit was and was asked if I was Brian Merriam.

I assured them I was, then the officer said, “This may sound like a strange question, but did you visit a bank last night?”

I assured them I had, but knew I hadn’t brought a gun or done anything illegal to make my withdrawal. Still, he asked me to identify the name of the bank and its location.

Upon giving him my answers he grinned and handed me my ATM card and said that I left it in the machine he just happened to use after me.

Although I might have slept better not knowing that bit of information until a later hour, I was certainly impressed that Officer Haynes returned my card to me as he did and that he did so promptly and with a smile. I’m grateful I live in a community with police officers who take their time to help citizens like me, even with the smaller matters of life.
Brian Merriam


Catholic church must address challenges

I’m not Catholic, and yet I’m acutely aware of the role of the Catholic church in world affairs. 

People of all faiths must acknowledge the potential fallout from the child sexual abuse crisis within the church. I wish to summarize the critical points as I understand them:

George Will is correct: This is the gravest threat since the Protestant Reformation.

It appears that child sexual abuse has been pervasive over generations, if not centuries.

The scope will likely defy definition and resolution. There is no indication a remedy has or can be found and justice served.

The church in the Western world faces greater dissent, desertion and financial hardship as a consequence.

The diminished power and influence of the church will seriously destabilize the worldwide balance of organized religion. Lesser Western denominations will be exposed to challenges kept in check by the church. Above all, a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the West is a very serious and distinct possibility.

The selection of a new pope will be the come-to-Jesus moment for the Holy Roman Catholic Church and the world. Who will be deemed unblemished in the ascension to the papacy? Does this man exist within the church hierarchy? Will he be discovered and elevated to power in time to rally the church and preserve Western religions as we know them? Think long and hard. This isn’t about one people. It’s about all people.
Mark Rahn


Constitution Party putting people first

We at the Constitution Party of New York want government to be as close to the people as possible. 

Our national plank is as follows: Bring Government Back Home.

The closer civil government is to the people, the more responsible, responsive, and accountable it is likely to be. The Constitution, itself, in Articles I through VI, enumerates the powers which may be exercised by the federal government. Of particular importance is Article I, Section 8, which delineates the authority of Congress.

The federal government was clearly established as a government of limited authority. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution specifically provides that: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Over time, the limitations of federal government power imposed by the Constitution have been substantially eroded. Preservation of constitutional government requires a restoration of the balance of authority between the federal government and the states as provided in the Constitution itself and as intended and construed by those who framed and ratified that document.

We pledge to be faithful to this constitutional requirement and to work methodically to restore to the states and to the people their rightful control over legislative, judicial, executive and regulatory functions that are not constitutionally delegated to the federal government.

We stand opposed to any regionalization of governments, at any level, which results in removal of decision-making powers from the people or those directly elected by the people.
William D. Wilday
The writer is vice-chairman of the Constitution Party of New York.


Church must fund St. Clare’s pensions

The fact that my church sits on $3.2 billion from the sale of Fidelis Health Care and will not help the St. Clare’s pensioners is a sin. 

These people took care of the sick and indigent; the very people I’ve been brought up to believe that the church should help.

Claiming we had nothing to do with it seems like a lie. Because of the church’s affiliation with the hospital, the hospital was given an exemption from federal reporting requirements. That seems like we had something to do with it.

Pay these people. What our elected officials and the church appear to be doing is running the clock. The more pensioners that pass away, the lower the liability becomes. Don’t think that’s not a real thought. The church pays off a lot of other things that are garbage.

As this drags on, the diocese is trying to raise $45 million for a capital campaign. I’m ashamed. Tell me I’m wrong.
Jeffrey Kozlowski 


Paper missed great Theatre Guild effort

The Gazette missed an incredible opportunity to promote community theatre in Schenectady. The Classic Theatre Guild presented a seven-performance run of Nikolai Gogol’s The Inspector General from March 12-24. Audiences were treated to an enjoyable evening of laughter and insight. The play is satirical and, although written about imperial Russia, contains many comical allusions to American politics in the 21st century. The directors, Phil Bruns and Jake Monsees, and the talented cast of local actors did an amazing job. It’s really unfortunate that a reporter wasn’t sent to review a performance and/or interview the players. Maybe you’ll be more vigilant in the future: the Classic Theatre Guild deserves better coverage in The Gazette.
Beverly Skoll

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